A Word a Week Photography Challenge-Spray


My contribution for this week’s

 Word of the Week Challenge…





the Smoke that Thunders…

victoria-falls_121is the local name for Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River

at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The river water tumbles over the edge of a fault in the basalt plateau and

thunders to the floor of the river some 108 metres below, at its highest.

victoria-falls_113The current site of Victoria Falls is about the eighth Victoria Falls site

as the Zambezi River erodes away a zig-zag fault line in the surrounding plateau.

victoria-falls_338On this day there was not much water going over the Falls.

If water was falling over the full width, the spray would be far greater.

 Victoria Falls is neither the highest or widest,

but at 1708 metres wide and 108 metres high

it is the largest sheet of water in the world.

I visited Horsehoe / Niagra Falls in 1976 and still remember the visit vividly.

By comparison

Victoria Falls is roughly twice the height of

Niagara Falls

and well over twice the width of

Horseshoe Falls.

In height and width Victoria Falls is rivalled only by

Argentina and Brazil’s Iguazu Falls. (Wikipedia)